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Polysiphonia havanensis Montagne 1837

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Rhodymeniophycidae
Order Ceramiales
Family Rhodomelaceae
Tribe Polysiphonieae
Genus Polysiphonia


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Polysiphonia havanensis Montagne
Excicata de la colección del Colegio La Salle, identificada por el Hermano León. Foto: Yusimí Alfonso..


Publication details
Polysiphonia havanensis Montagne 1837: 352

Published in: Montagne, C. (1837). Centurie de plantes cellulaires exotiques nouvelles. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique, Seconde série 8: 345-370.
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Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Polysiphonia is Polysiphonia urceolata (Lightfoot ex Dillwyn) Greville.

Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Type information
Type locality: Havana, Cuba (Mamoozadeh & Freshwater 2012: 329).

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), living in or from Havana, Cuba.

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

Nomenclatural notes
Mamoozadeh & Freshwater (2012: 329) note that Borgesen (1918) described specimens from Bovini Lagoon, St. Thomas and America Hill, St. John in the United States Virgin Islands. They consider P. havanensi sensu Borgesen to be a well-described taxon in need of a validly published species name. Phylogenetic analyses of rbcL and SSU sequence data indicate that this species is closely related to P. binneyi and Neosiphonia echinata (Mamoozadeh & Freshwater, 2012: 329, figs 4, 5). However, these species are easily distinguished from one another morphologically. - (21 Mar 2016) - M.D. Guiry

Taxonomic notes
Schneider & Searles (1991: 470) consdier that this entity is possibly synonymous with Polysiphonia sertularioides from the Mediterranean, but they remained “unconvinced”. They use the name in the sense of Boergesen (1918: 266, figs 259-261) and remark that a world-wide study of this and similar entities is needed.

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Key references
Agardh, J.G. (1863). Species genera et ordines algarum, seu descriptiones succinctae specierum, generum et ordinum, quibus algarum regnum constituitur. Volumen secundum: algas florideas complectens. Part 2, fasc. 3. pp. 787-1138, 1158-1291. Lundae [Lund]: C.W.K. Gleerup. [in Latin]

Athanasiadis, A. (2016). Phycologia Europaea Rhodophyta Vol. II. pp. [2], 763-1504. Thessaloniki: Published and distributed by the author.

Dawes, C.J. & Mathieson, A.C. (2008). The seaweeds of Florida. pp. [i]- viii, [1]-591, [592], pls I-LI. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida.

Mamoozadeh, N.R. & Freshwater, D.W. (2012). Polysiphonia sensu lato (Ceramiales, Florideophyceae) species of Caribbean Panama including Polysiphonia lobophoralis sp. nov. and Polysiphonia nuda sp. nov.. Botanica Marina 55(4): 317-347.

Moussa, H., Wynne, M.J., Hassoum, M., Salhi, G., Zbakh, H., Kazzaz, M. & Riadi, H. (2015). On the occurrence of three red algal species new to the Mediterranean Sea in Al-Hoceima National Park (Morocco). Botanica Marina 58(6): 499-509.

Suárez, A.M., Martínez-Daranas, B. & Alfonso, Y. (2015). Macroalgas marinas de Cuba. pp. [1]-264, 229 figs. La Habana [Havana]: UH [Universidad de La Habana] Editorial.

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2021. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 20 April 2021.

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